Tribute to Clitheroe accident victim (90)

Mr Stuart Beal. (s)
Mr Stuart Beal. (s)

Tributes have been paid to 90-year-old Stuart Beal who died after being involved in a collision with a car outside Clitheroe Health Centre .

Mr Beal was involved in a collision with a Toyota Corolla car as he crossed Railway View Avenue from Church Walk on Thursday, January 2nd.

He was knocked to the ground and sustained a cut to his head.

Mr Beal was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital where his injuries were initially believed to be minor. He was kept in overnight and discharged on Friday, January 3rd, but his condition worsened over the following days and he died at home the following Monday.

Mr Beal had moved to 
Clitheroe with his wife, Pat, a year ago to be nearer to their son and family.

They had been married for 61 years and had a son, daughter and five granddaughters.

At 90, Stuart had lived a full and very interesting life. He had travelled widely when in the Merchant Navy during the war, surviving a torpedo attack.

His family say he was an 
avid reader with a sharp, logical mind and had a philosophical and often humorous perspective on life. He was senior partner in a successful civil and structural engineering company until his retirement in 1988 and was adept with all modern technology – computing, phone and even Facebook.

Mr Beal also had an enduring love of geology and the mountains, being a keen climber when younger. He was very involved with the Rucksack Climbing Club and the Manchester University Mountaineering Club. He had also been involved with the Scout movement.

Mr Beal will be missed greatly by his family and friends. He was loved by all for his insight, wit, and generosity and his love of a challenging discussion.

His family are comforted by the fact that he died peacefully in his sleep and that he was independent and in good form to the end.